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Truthout Daily Digest | Monday, 2 March 2015

Dahr Jamail | The “Mega-Drought Future,” the Disappearance of Coral Reefs and the Unwillingness to Listen

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Scientists are now mapping a world that is changing rapidly in often-terrifying ways. Climate disruption and world leaders’ unwillingness to act have put us at risk of experiencing mega-droughts, the disappearance of coral reefs and other ecological impacts of an anthropogenically warming planet.

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Fracking Brings Big Health Concerns for Workers

Roger Drouin, Truthout: Oil and gas exploration have always been dangerous. But recent research – along with documented incidents in the field – are making it clear just how hazardous fracking can be for industry workers. Silica and benzene exposure top the list of hazards.

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Introducing David Theo Goldberg’s Sites of Race

Susan Searls Giroux, Truthout: The racial fissures that have split US society migrate globally, translate locally and return with a vengeance. We live, thus, in a moment marked by widespread confusion over the meaning and political significance of race, both within and outside of the academy.

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Will the F-35A Fighter Bomber Be Based in Burlington, Vermont, in 2020?

James Marc Leas, Truthout: A plan to base F-35 fighter bombers in Burlington, Vermont, has been sent into a tailspin due to contradicting government information about their safety.

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Peace and Planet: The Wind and Rain of Nuclear Weapons Abolition

Joseph Gerson, Truthout: In this address commemorating Bikini Day, March 1, 1954, the author lays out the strategy that will lead to the Peace and Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World, to be held on the eve and first days of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

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Dean Baker | The Federal Reserve Board’s Plan to Kill Jobs

Dean Baker, Truthout: While there is great concern in Washington over imaginary job killers, the Federal Reserve Board is openly mapping out an actual job-killing strategy and drawing almost no attention at all for it: The Fed plans to start raising interest rates at some point this year.

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Austerity Seen as Culprit in Sharp Rise in Suicide Rate Among Middle-Aged People

Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism: A recent study points to a direct connection between the impact of the economic crisis and a marked increase in suicide rates among middle-aged people. For all too many workers in the United States, when you fall off the corporate meal ticket, the fall is far indeed.

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Guns on Campus: Not an Agenda for Women’s Safety

Andrea Flynn, Next New Deal: Lawmakers in at least 14 states are pushing measures that would loosen gun regulations on college campuses. But allowing guns on campus won’t reduce sexual assault. Instead, it will increase the risk of homicide.

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Would You Like Some Crushing Debt With That Degree?

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Like every other part of our economy these days, the education system has become financialized, and for-profit colleges like Corinthian Colleges are really just phony shells for the latest bankster get-rich-quick scheme.

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Police Killing of Unarmed Mexican Farmworker in Washington State Sparks Protest

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: Authorities in Pasco, Washington, have revealed police fired 17 shots at Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed Mexican farmworker who was shot dead on February 10. The shooting has sparked weeks of protests.

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Going Off the Rails: There’s No Safe Way to Haul Oil by the Trainload

Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Some 1.4 million gallons of oil spilled in US rail accidents in 2013 – more in one year than over the previous four decades combined. Do we have to wait until a big city erupts into a fossil-fueled inferno before this madness reaches the end of the line?

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My War on Terror: Letter to an Unknown US Patriot

Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch: “Making our safety and security ultimate values is a grotesque mistake. It essentially ensures a future state that bears no relation whatsoever to a democratic polity or to the values this country has championed.”

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Students Are Taking On College Debt, and More

In today‘s On the News segment: If corporations paid back their full debt to society, they’d be paying each of our households about $10,000 a year; it appears another discriminatory ban in the military may be changed; students are taking on college debt, demanding relief for their federal student loans; and more.

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Koch Mandates to Cut Education Spending Spread Like a Cancer

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: It should be no surprise that the newly inaugurated governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner – a darling of the 1% – is metastasizing the Koch brothers’ attack on public education.

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Four Reasons Young Americans Should Burn Their Student Loans

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

“New Torture Files”: Declassified Memos Detail Roles of Bush White House and DOJ Officials Who Conspired to Approve Torture

Read the Article at Just Security

LAPD Cops Fatally Shoot Unarmed Homeless Man in Skid Row Altercation

Watch the Video at the New York Daily News

Death on Sevenmile Road

Read the Article at Texas Observer

Kerry and Lavrov Hold “Frank Discussions” Over Ukraine Ceasefire

Read the Article at The Guardian

Three Connections Between Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Read the Article at BuzzFlash

This Is Not a Democracy: How the 1% Rigged the Game

Read the Article at Salon